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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Barney Flats Oatmeal StoutBarney Flats Oatmeal Stout

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947 Reviews

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Reviews: 947
Hads: 2,408
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 150
Gots: 292 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2001

The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.
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Reviews: 947 | Hads: 2,408
Photo of TheMarkE
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a full head of foam and moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, oatmeal, smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and very smooth.

The Verdict: Good beer. About as smooth as it gets without a nitro assist. A solid stout without much bitterness.

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a delicious beer. Thick and creamy, delicious notes of espresso, toffee, and sweet bread. This has a low abv but a full taste. Not watery tasting like other low abv stouts. Super good go to beer!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown and surprisingly thick for the ABV with a thick finger of light brown foam.

Fresh roast coffee, cereal, freshly baked bread, and light chocolate.

Toffee, cereal, espresso, subtle dark fruit undertones, and roasty.

Medium-heavy bodied, light-medium carbonation, soft, creamy, very smooth.

Overall, I was thoroughly pleased with this oatmeal stout, I'm a big fan of the style and this is a top notch example.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours nice and bubbly cocoa brown head that dissipates quite quickly. The beer itself is a nice sold black with shades of dark brown. The beer has a nice sheen to it.

The beer has a nice and creamy chocolate smell to it. The oatmeal comes out quite well with a nice roasted grain smell that works very well with the slightly bitter and sweet chocolate notes. There is also cocoa notes but seem to be more to balance the chocolate more than anything else.

The beer taste has similar notes. The main thing to note is that the beer ends on a fairly roasted notes with a strong chocolate and espresso taste. The oatmeal taste is very present and mixes with the chocolate to where it tastes like oatmeal for breakfast mixed with chocolate.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. The feel is very creamy and smooth with a little biting carbonation to give it a slightly lighter feel even though it is still heavy bodied.

Overall a fantastic oatmeal stout and one of the better ones I've had. Recommend.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Anderson Valley Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, basically black, no light passing through, with a creamy tawny brown head that settles and laces well.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee, and hints of dark fruit.

T: Roasty malt, bittersweet cocoa, a little coffee, some smoke, and a hint of floral and fruity notes on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, rather smooth.

O: Solid year round oatmeal stout.

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Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, black color with a full and tan colored head.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee essences, and a bit of hop presence.

Roasted malt is upfront on the palate. It is followed by the definite presence of chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a bit of biscuit. There is also a bit of hop bite here. Balanced and smooth on the whole.

Barney Flats is moderately carbonated and has a nice, full-bodied flavor.

On the whole, this is a very basic and very drinkable version of the style. Impressive balance and flavor--smooth and tasty. This is a beer that could be enjoyed in volume.

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Photo of wLcz0rz
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown almost black color with deep reddish brown head. Warm malty aroma. Bready, slight raisin/dry fruit notes, toffee flavor, coffee notes and malty as temperature gets warmer. Slight hoppy bitterness lingers a bit in finish. Little to no lacing on glass.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color.
Beige head, small, rigid.
Aromas of plums, coffee, caramel, bread wholemeal.
The taste of this beer is a copy of flavors complemented by a delicate bitterness and sourness. Bitterness is a little harsh and "burnt". Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout is not overly strong 5.8%, but alcohol and so still be felt when heated. At the finish more feel burnt caramel.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber into small snifter. "109 G 1751 2014" on the bottom of the bottle. opened on march 19, 2015, paired with a strip loin steak

a: black w/ a finger of light brown head

s: prune, raisin, milk chocolate, cocoa, light roasted malt

t: charred wood, prunes, and raisins up front. quickly leads into toasted bread, burnt brown sugar, some dark chocolate notes, and bitter black coffee flavours

m: medium-minus body with medium-minus carbonation

o: didn't enjoy this beer, though there's nothing offensive about it. not liking the dominance of the dark fruits and the lack of chocolatey flavours. the roast presence borders burnt, too. not sure how to decipher the code, but since it is "2014", maybe a fresher bottle would be better?

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Photo of pinyin
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid all the way thru. Perfect carbonation out of the bottle into a 16 ounce snifter, 37F.

I drank this fairly cold for a stout, so I didn't notice much scent if any.

Wonderful lactose malts balance. Definitely taste some toasted rolled oat proteins and gluteins.

This stout is a little bit more expensive than the competition, but well worth the price tag.

It's much more complex in interesting notes and the ph balance is refined.

Overall a very high quality product that I will be drinking again.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark Worcester sauce color and and a pretty toffee coloured head. Nice fine bead lacing. 4.25

S - roasted nuts, coffee, whole wheat toast. Mild tobacco notes. 4.25

T - dark chocolate, bourbon infused cigars, molasses, marmite. Not hoppy. 4.25

M - mildly effervescent, smooth, buttery. 4

O - a strong showing with lots of character. More flavor from the malts and yeast and not just hops like many brews in that area. 4.5

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised by how black this is for being a lower ABV stout.

Roasty, toasty, and sweet. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats.

Smooth medium bodied brew with mild carbonation.

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Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a thick 3 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smelled of oats, charred wood, toasted grains, caramel, piney hops, lemon zest, light vanilla, grass and some mild fruity esters. Nice charred notes play off the oatmeal, malts and cracker notes for a subtle nose that is grainy and maintained a mild sweetness.

Tastes like it smells with charred wood, toasted grains, caramel, maple syrup, piney hops, lemon, vanilla, grass, burnt wood, fruit like apple skin and cocoa powder and/or chocolate. A mix of pine, floral hops, more char, oats and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost watery feeling, with very light carbonation, a medium body and an ashy mildly bitter aftertaste. It flows down very easy and is quite simple but complex at the same time.

Overall it is easy to drink and quite enjoyable, but lacks the rich stout depth and malty aspects that I was hoping to enjoy but should have tempered since it is an oatmeal stout. Sessionable for sure, I had 3 in one sitting and did not feel full or drunk, so this brew was fine for a social evening of watching hockey.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours an inky black with a loose, 1/8th inch khaki-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges leaving a residual sudsy slick across the center. Nose expresses a light roasty presence, a suggestion of artificial sweetener and perhaps a hint of cherry juice. Taste follows nose - cherry quality is more apparent; however, the flavor profile is missing the roasty/chocolately character I've come to associate with the style. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a carbonation slightly too assertive for the style and a feint acidity most likely attributable to the cherries. Overall, a bit lacking - not enough roast or flaked oats presence and the texture could have been creamier.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stark black liquid is a complete contrast to Anderson Valley's typically colourful, cartoonish, warm-weather depictions of nature found on its labels. The closest Barney Flats gets to any of that is scorched earth. Or maybe its brown-tinged head could pass for mud or rain clouds.

There's a little more involved with this Oatmeal Stout, or so the aroma let's on. Notes of dried fruit, vanilla bean, and gingerbread are present in addition to the usual bittersweet chocolate, roast grain, and coffee-and-cream flavours. It could easily pass for a beer stronger than it actually is.

Despite the sizzle, there's not much steak. At least not prime cut. The palate is a bit of a disappointment for me, focusing more on that raisin-y quality than suits my tastes. It gives the flavour a somewhat oxidized tinge. The dried fruit character isn't unwelcome, but it shouldn't trump the presence of richer chocolate and coffee notes as it does.

Indeed, when I think of an oatmeal stout - especially one from California - I expect something so chunky it's hard to swallow. My favourite examples are so thick a spoon could stand up in them. But this has a reasonably light body, with little secondary roasty, smoky, or sweet elements from the malt and no real aftertaste. I also would have thought (preferred) it'd be hoppier than this.

Californians so often brew with the kind of flashy arrogance you'd think they invented the style in question. Barney Flats, however, isn't the kind of stout suffused with richness that pours out of the glass. This won't be an issue for everyone mind you, but it is for me. Pioneers though they are, apparently not every offering in Anderson Valley's lineup is noteworthy.

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Photo of SteveFagone
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For all its attributes it should taste better than a skunky guinness. Beautiful look, smell and feel taste is lacking. Even gave it a second taste from a different local.

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice oatmeal stout, bready and toasty dark malts, aroma is fantastic. Body is creamy and full with a great complex character, quite dry on the finish. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark brown, almost black; frothy, mocha head trails lace and has ok retention

Aroma: floral and sweet spice immediately delight - anise seed, vanilla, cardamon, pollen, lavender, cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: mellow, chocolate flavour leads the way, with subtle hints of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg; body is a bit thin, but velvety - if it was a touch more full it would be perfect

Overall: not much to say here, but in this case it's a good thing - super easy drinking, simple clean & pure flavours, doesn't get tired; a great late night sipper

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than expected, although to be honest, I am unsure as to what I was expecting. I would recommend this one, as it is not a heavy stout and that suits me.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle served cold into an unmarked pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $7 CDN.

Appearance - Midnight black, with a decadent finger and a bit of brown head. Impossible to see the carbonation and OK retention time with a thin layer of sticky lacing. A good looking stout.

Smell - Oatmeal graininess with a splash of a vibrant dark fruits namely currants and maybe some grape. Quite interesting and broadens the horizons beyond the traditional oatmeal stout.

Taste- Very nice and interesting blend of flavors. Some oatmeal goodness transitioning to a dark fruit medley of currants, prunes, pears, red grapes and raisins then kind a creamy vanilla flavor before settling back into the traditional stout flavors associated with an oatmeal stout, being dark chocolate, a touch of coffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation with a lighter than expected body and a little thinner than a big stout, works really nice.

Overall - A great oatmeal stout with plenty of flavor, good balance and an easy drinkability that makes this a go to beer for your oatmeal stout needs.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a dark brown two-finger head. Aroma of mild chocolate, coffee and malt. Flavor has roasted malt and light chocolate upfront. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with a very smooth mouthfeel. Finished with a mild coffee flavor that fades quickly.

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Photo of sourd
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

can pour...12 oz step side glass at beach club bistro

glorious ruby black with a tawny soap head

caramel and coffee, but not quite toffee (a lil yeast)

the taste is inexplicable...think of every word used to describe a stout and insert it here...then multiply by 100.

creamy, yet refreshing...oily, yet smooth...roasty, yet clean...bittersweet, yet bittersweet. near perfection (perfectly hopped)

this is easily the best oatmeal stout that ive had, and perhaps the best stout ive had overall...im with the bros on this one-pure perfection

on a side note, if you read the bros reviews, both of them mentioned the price...funny how in 01-02 $9.99/6 was a premium price tag, now to get a 90+ stout for that price is literally stealing. avbc could put this beer in bombers and charge $10/per and people would fall all over each other to get it. is everyone aware that this beer can be had for $9-$10/6 ?? seems like a no-brainer (not to over-emphasize dollars, but...cmon)

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Photo of ColdBassHonkey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours jet black with a light head. The aromas I got were mostly of malts and oats, with a smooth cocoa aftertaste. I was slightly disappointed in the aftertaste, as I expected more flavors to come through. Anderson Valley is one of my favorite breweries...and this is definitely worth a second try down the road.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have a soft spot for this one, its one of the beers that got me into the style, and one i always go back to when comparing and thinking hard about an oatmeal stout. maybe its not the best one out there, in fact, it definitely isnt, but i think its one of the truest to style around thats regularly available, and its a darn fine glass of ale, a good measuring stick. slick black look, and slick roasty viscous going down. medium sized coffee colored head, with cream lighter than coffee, but rich brown and big bubbles and lasting pretty well. sweet nose, almost like a milk stout. thank the oats for that. the flavor is rich with grain character, but the oat sweetness balances bitter roasted barley and specialty dark malts and the harmony is gorgeous and continuing long into the finish. there is even a mild yeast flavor to this, which is uncommon i think is most darker, maltier american beers. its bready and unifying, clean but noticeable. full bodied but i could still happily drink a sixer, in fact i have many times. this beer really made the style for me as a younger beer drinker, and its always a fond experience enjoying one now. emotionally important for me, foundational to my palate.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from a can into a tumbler on 04.15.14.

A: Motor oil. 1/2 finger tan head.

S: Toffee, caramel, coffee, milk chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate, coffee dominate. Roasted malt is there too.

M: Creamy.

O: This is a perfectly balanced oatmeal stout. It is sweet, but it doesn't go too far. It's very subtle all around in terms of flavor.

Rating: A

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Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.